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When it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STI), people are often prone to burying their heads in the sand, thinking that it’s something that does not concern them directly. Most of you reading this right now are completely assured that you are 100% STI-free. However, just because you don’t have any symptoms doesn’t mean you do not carry an infection within yourself.
A new study, which was recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found an increased number of STIs in sexually active singles. An even more disturbing fact is that a lot of the people who were tested had no idea they had contracted an STI.
Doctors warn that contrary to the conventional belief, many sexually transmitted infections may not show any initial symptoms, and are often found in body parts that are not usually associated with STIs. For instance, STIs such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are sometimes found in people’s throats and not on their genitals.
This is why in order to stay healthy, it is extremely important for all sexually active people to regularly undergo sexual health screening regardless of how careful they think they are in selecting their intimate partners.
Please, do not shy away from discussing your sexual health with your doctor and make a yearly STI screening a must in your healthcare to-do list. If any infections are found, make sure to notify all of your sexual partners who may have been exposed to them. Only by educating ourselves and taking the necessary precautions, can we contain the rising number of STIs and make our environment safer for everyone.